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Marlon Byrd RF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
18 6123 .275 .329 .430 95 14.0
Birth Date8-30-1977
Height6' 0"
Weight245 lbs
Age41 years, 3 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2002 PHI 24 10 36 8 2 0 1 1 8 0 0 2 .229 .250 .371 67 -1.3 0.2 -0.4 -0.1
2003 PHI 25 135 553 150 28 4 7 44 94 7 11 1 .303 .366 .418 88 -5.6 1.5 -3.1 0.9
2004 PHI 26 106 378 79 13 2 5 22 68 7 2 2 .228 .287 .321 62 -16.5 0.2 -7.8 -1.2
2005 PHI 27 5 15 4 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 .308 .400 .308 59 -0.7 0.3 -0.6 -0.1
2005 WAS 27 74 244 57 15 2 2 18 47 1 5 1 .264 .318 .380 71 -7.5 -0.8 1.7 -0.1
2006 WAS 28 78 228 44 8 1 5 22 47 6 3 3 .223 .317 .350 83 -3.6 1.2 0.7 0.5
2007 TEX 29 109 454 127 17 8 10 29 88 5 5 3 .307 .355 .459 96 0.0 3.5 -4.0 1.1
2008 TEX 30 122 462 120 28 4 10 46 62 9 7 2 .298 .380 .462 112 10.0 -1.6 1.8 2.2
2009 TEX 31 146 599 155 43 2 20 32 98 10 8 4 .283 .329 .479 104 6.2 -5.5 -13.0 0.5
2010 CHN 32 152 630 170 39 2 12 31 98 17 5 1 .293 .346 .429 97 1.4 -3.0 10.1 2.9
2011 CHN 33 119 482 123 22 2 9 25 78 8 3 2 .276 .324 .395 88 -4.6 -1.6 2.8 1.1
2012 BOS 34 34 106 27 2 0 1 2 21 1 0 2 .270 .286 .320 70 -3.2 -0.5 0.7 0.0
2012 CHN 34 13 47 3 0 0 0 3 10 1 0 1 .070 .149 .070 64 -1.8 -0.4 0.3 -0.1
2013 NYN 35 117 464 121 26 5 21 25 124 7 2 4 .285 .330 .518 115 10.4 0.1 -2.9 1.7
2013 PIT 35 30 115 34 9 0 3 6 20 1 0 0 .318 .357 .486 110 1.9 -0.6 0.7 0.4
2014 PHI 36 154 637 156 28 2 25 35 185 8 3 2 .264 .312 .445 103 4.5 -3.7 13.5 2.7
2015 CIN 37 96 388 85 13 3 19 23 101 3 2 1 .237 .286 .448 100 1.8 -0.3 -2.6 0.7
2015 SFN 37 39 156 40 12 2 4 6 44 1 0 0 .272 .301 .463 95 -0.3 0.4 1.5 0.5
2016 CLE 38 34 129 31 6 0 5 11 38 0 0 0 .270 .326 .452 92 -0.6 0.6 0.0 0.2
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1999 BAT A- 0 276 .000 .000 .000 .369 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PIE A 0 576 .000 .000 .000 .366 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 REA AA 137 582 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PHI MLB 10 36 .250 .320 .397 .269 93 -0.5 1.0 0 67 24 -0.4 0.2 -1.3 -0.1
2002 SWB AAA 136 602 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PHI MLB 135 553 .266 .332 .425 .360 97 13.6 14.5 1.5 88 14 -3.1 1.5 -5.6 0.9
2003 REA AA 3 16 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SWB AAA 1 4 .000 .000 .000 1.000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PHI MLB 106 378 .265 .331 .429 .270 98 -16.8 11.2 1 62 16 -7.8 0.2 -16.5 -1.2
2004 SWB AAA 37 167 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PHI MLB 5 15 .235 .303 .376 .400 101 0 0.4 0 59 21 -0.6 0.3 -0.7 -0.1
2005 WAS MLB 74 244 .262 .330 .414 .322 89 -2.6 7.0 -1.5 71 19 1.7 -0.8 -7.5 -0.1
2005 NWO AAA 21 92 .278 .341 .426 .406 89 6.5 0.6 -0.2 125 2 -1.0 0.3 4.6 0.4
2005 SWB AAA 5 19 .277 .341 .438 .308 107 2.4 0.6 0.1 114 2 0.9 0.0 0.5 0.2
2006 WAS MLB 78 228 .272 .338 .438 .265 92 -0.6 6.9 0 83 16 0.7 1.2 -3.6 0.5
2006 NWO AAA 46 179 .279 .346 .432 .299 91 4.5 4.7 -1 106 1 0.4 -1.7 2.7 0.5
2007 TEX MLB 109 454 .269 .334 .425 .363 101 11.8 13.5 -1.4 96 18 -4.0 3.5 0.0 1.1
2007 OKL AAA 44 195 .279 .348 .431 .407 102 12.1 5.7 -1.8 109 2 2.9 -1.8 3.7 0.8
2008 TEX MLB 122 462 .268 .333 .420 .330 112 10.9 13.3 -1.8 112 16 1.8 -1.6 10.0 2.2
2008 OKL AAA 4 18 .280 .346 .465 .500 110 1.1 0.6 -0.2 82 4 0.9 0.2 -0.3 0.1
2009 TEX MLB 146 599 .266 .330 .426 .308 107 10.2 17.2 -0.1 104 12 -13.0 -5.5 6.2 0.5
2010 CHN MLB 152 630 .258 .323 .404 .335 98 18.3 17.4 1.4 97 15 10.1 -3.0 1.4 2.9
2011 CHN MLB 119 482 .259 .320 .403 .316 102 1 13.0 1.2 88 15 2.8 -1.6 -4.6 1.1
2011 IOW AAA 4 19 .303 .364 .488 .250 101 0.7 0.6 0.1 102 3 0.6 -1.0 0.2 0.0
2012 BOS MLB 34 106 .261 .319 .423 .325 107 -3 2.9 0.2 70 18 0.7 -0.5 -3.2 0.0
2012 CHN MLB 13 47 .252 .310 .396 .091 98 -5.8 1.3 0.1 64 21 0.3 -0.4 -1.8 -0.1
2012 CUL Wnt 57 254 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NYN MLB 117 464 .252 .311 .389 .350 97 22.7 12.2 -4.3 115 16 -2.9 0.1 10.4 1.7
2013 PIT MLB 30 115 .242 .306 .377 .365 99 3.4 3.0 -1.1 110 16 0.7 -0.6 1.9 0.4
2014 PHI MLB 154 637 .248 .306 .377 .341 97 15.3 16.4 -6.1 103 11 13.5 -3.7 4.5 2.7
2015 CIN MLB 96 388 .255 .314 .399 .273 96 4.7 10.5 -2.4 100 11 -2.6 -0.3 1.8 0.7
2015 SFN MLB 39 156 .249 .309 .393 .356 93 4.8 4.2 -1.6 95 11 1.5 0.4 -0.3 0.5
2015 PEN AA 2 7 .262 .310 .368 .250 100 0.9 0.2 0 102 3 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 CLE MLB 34 129 .263 .327 .439 .347 111 0.5 3.6 -1.2 92 18 0.0 0.6 -0.6 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1999 BAT A- 276 243 40 72 7 6 13 130 50 28 70 8 2 .296 .380 .535 .239 0 0
2000 PIE A 576 515 104 159 29 13 17 265 93 51 110 41 5 .309 .382 .515 .206 0 0
2001 REA AA 582 510 108 161 22 8 28 283 89 52 93 32 5 .316 .390 .555 .239 2 2
2002 SWB AAA 602 538 103 160 37 7 15 256 63 46 98 15 1 .297 .363 .476 .178 2 2
2002 PHI MLB 36 35 2 8 2 0 1 13 1 1 8 0 2 .229 .250 .371 .143 0 0
2003 SWB AAA 4 4 1 3 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 .750 .750 1.000 .250 0 0
2003 REA AA 16 16 3 5 0 0 1 8 3 0 3 0 0 .313 .313 .500 .188 0 0
2003 PHI MLB 553 495 86 150 28 4 7 207 45 44 94 11 1 .303 .366 .418 .115 3 4
2004 SWB AAA 167 152 13 40 11 1 2 59 17 10 18 2 3 .263 .325 .388 .125 0 0
2004 PHI MLB 378 346 48 79 13 2 5 111 33 22 68 2 2 .228 .287 .321 .092 1 2
2005 SWB AAA 19 19 4 7 1 0 3 17 5 0 3 0 0 .368 .368 .895 .526 0 0
2005 PHI MLB 15 13 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 3 0 0 .308 .400 .308 .000 0 0
2005 WAS MLB 244 216 20 57 15 2 2 82 26 18 47 5 1 .264 .318 .380 .116 4 5
2005 NWO AAA 92 81 19 33 6 0 5 54 11 9 7 4 1 .407 .478 .667 .259 0 0
2006 NWO AAA 179 155 20 42 9 0 7 72 29 16 31 3 1 .271 .365 .465 .194 0 0
2006 WAS MLB 228 197 28 44 8 1 5 69 18 22 47 3 3 .223 .317 .350 .127 2 1
2007 OKL AAA 195 176 29 63 15 2 6 100 32 13 30 3 2 .358 .418 .568 .210 0 0
2007 TEX MLB 454 414 60 127 17 8 10 190 70 29 88 5 3 .307 .355 .459 .152 6 0
2008 OKL AAA 18 16 3 5 2 0 0 7 3 2 6 0 1 .313 .389 .438 .125 0 0
2008 TEX MLB 462 403 70 120 28 4 10 186 53 46 62 7 2 .298 .380 .462 .164 2 2
2009 TEX MLB 599 547 66 155 43 2 20 262 89 32 98 8 4 .283 .329 .479 .196 10 0
2010 CHN MLB 630 580 84 170 39 2 12 249 66 31 98 5 1 .293 .346 .429 .136 2 0
2011 IOW AAA 19 15 4 4 1 0 1 8 3 2 2 1 0 .267 .421 .533 .267 0 0
2011 CHN MLB 482 446 51 123 22 2 9 176 35 25 78 3 2 .276 .324 .395 .119 2 1
2012 CHN MLB 47 43 1 3 0 0 0 3 2 3 10 0 1 .070 .149 .070 .000 0 0
2012 CUL Wnt 254 220 44 70 13 0 16 131 46 26 57 3 1 .318 .394 .595 .277 4 0
2012 BOS MLB 106 100 9 27 2 0 1 32 7 2 21 0 2 .270 .286 .320 .050 2 1
2013 NYN MLB 464 425 61 121 26 5 21 220 71 25 124 2 4 .285 .330 .518 .233 6 1
2013 PIT MLB 115 107 14 34 9 0 3 52 17 6 20 0 0 .318 .357 .486 .168 1 0
2014 PHI MLB 637 591 71 156 28 2 25 263 85 35 185 3 2 .264 .312 .445 .181 3
2015 PEN AA 7 7 1 2 1 0 1 6 3 0 2 0 0 .286 .286 .857 .571 0 0
2015 CIN MLB 388 359 46 85 13 3 19 161 42 23 101 2 1 .237 .286 .448 .212 3 0
2015 SFN MLB 156 147 12 40 12 2 4 68 31 6 44 0 0 .272 .301 .463 .190 2 0
2016 CLE MLB 129 115 11 31 6 0 5 52 19 11 38 0 0 .270 .326 .452 .183 3 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1597 0.4671 0.4953 0.8142 0.6810 0.3325 0.8917 0.6749 0.1858 -0.0001
2009 2114 0.4924 0.5104 0.7878 0.6926 0.3336 0.8682 0.6257 0.2122 0.0016
2010 2215 0.4795 0.5097 0.7981 0.6874 0.3461 0.8932 0.6241 0.2019 0.0086
2011 1640 0.4860 0.5232 0.7914 0.6813 0.3737 0.8969 0.6095 0.2086 0.0106
2012 580 0.4862 0.5034 0.7842 0.6844 0.3322 0.8860 0.5859 0.2158 0.0054
2013 2092 0.4809 0.5468 0.7045 0.7147 0.3913 0.8122 0.5224 0.2955 0.0013
2014 2367 0.4744 0.5720 0.6846 0.7453 0.4156 0.7933 0.5087 0.3154 -0.0054
2015 1959 0.4513 0.6039 0.6898 0.7930 0.4484 0.8003 0.5290 0.3102 0.0043
2016 493 0.4807 0.5700 0.6584 0.7468 0.4063 0.7458 0.5096 0.3416 0.0000
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-31 2014-07-31 DTD 0 0 - Foot Contusion -
2011-05-22 2011-07-02 15-DL 41 39 Left Face Fracture Multiple Fractures From HBP -
2011-03-29 2011-03-31 Camp 2 0 Back Stiffness -
2010-09-25 2010-09-27 DTD 2 2 Face Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-09-01 2010-09-03 DTD 2 1 Right Lower Leg Soreness -
2010-08-24 2010-08-25 DTD 1 1 Wrist Contusion HBP -
2009-10-04 2009-10-05 DTD 1 1 Right Hip Soreness -
2009-09-30 2009-10-02 DTD 2 2 Right Hip Strain Capsule -
2009-08-26 2009-08-29 DTD 3 3 General Medical Illness Kidney Stones -
2008-10-01 2008-10-01 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus and Microfracture 2008-10-01
2008-09-06 2008-09-07 DTD 1 1 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2008-08-15 2008-08-15 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Hyperextension -
2008-04-17 2008-05-14 15-DL 27 26 Right Knee Contusion Bone -
2005-03-29 2005-05-03 15-DL 35 26 Right Fingers Soreness Ring Finger -
2005-03-20 2005-03-29 Camp 9 0 Right Fingers Dislocation Ring Finger -
2003-10-08 2003-10-08 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2003-10-08
2003-04-14 2003-04-29 15-DL 15 14 Left Knee Laceration Player Collision At Plate -
2001-06-15 2001-06-17 Minors 2 0 Right Hip Strain Glute -
1996-11-15 1996-11-15 Coll 0 0 Right Lower Leg Surgery Infection Caused Acute Compartment Syndrome -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CLE $1,000,000
2015 CIN $4,000,000
2015 PHI $4,000,000
2014 PHI $8,000,000
2013 NYN $700,000
2012 CHN $6,064,835
2012 BOS $435,165
2011 CHN $5,500,000
2010 CHN $3,000,000
2009 TEX $3,060,000
2008 TEX $1,800,000
2007 TEX $550,000
2006 WAS $800,000
2004 PHI $355,000
2003 PHI $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$39,565,000
13 yrTotal$39,565,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 115 dACES2017

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 3/17/16 (minor-league contract with advanced consent clause. Salary of $1M in majors. May earn additional $2.5M in performance bonuses. Contract selected by Cleveland 4/3/16. Placed on restricted list 6/1/16 (162-game suspension for second positive PED test). Activated from restricted list 11/3/16.
  • 2 years/$16M (2014-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 11/12/13. 14:$8M, 15:$8M, 16:$8M club option. 2016 option guaranteed with 1) 600 plate appearances in 2015 or 2) 1,100 PAs in 2014-15, including 550 PA in 2015. Award bonuses. Limited no-trade protection (may block deals to Kansas City, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Toronto). Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Philadelphia 12/31/14 (Phillies to pay $4M of 2015 salary). Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Cincinnati 8/20/15. San Francisco declined 2016 option 11/5/15.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/1/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.7M in majors. Earned additional $0.1M in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. Contract purchased by NY Mets 3/31/13. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from NY Mets 8/27/13.
  • 3 years/$15M (2010-12). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/31/09. 10:$3M, 11:$5.5M, 12:$6.5M. Acquired by Boston in trade from Chicago Cubs 4/21/12. (Boston to pay pro-rated share of $0.48M minimum salary, or about $435,165, with Cubs responsible for the balance of Byrd's 2012 salary, about $6,064,835). DFA by Boston 6/9/12. Released 6/12/12.
  • 1 year/$3.06M (2009). Re-signed by Texas 1/30/09 (avoided arbitration, $3.6M-$2.7M). Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$1.8M (2008). Re-signed by Texas 1/16/08.
  • 1 year/$0.55M (2007). Signed by Texas as a free agent 12/06. DFA, sent outright to Triple-A 4/07. Contract purchased 5/26/07. Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2006). Re-signed 1/06 (avoided arbitration). DFA, sent outright to Triple-A 7/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Re-signed 2/05. Acquired in trade from Philadelphia 5/05.
  • 1 year/$0.355M (2004). Re-signed 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-01 16:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the reply Mike. I was seriously laughing at the Mets fans on social media. I know that Bruce is a tad one-dimensional, but he isn't exactly a 38 year old Marlon Byrd either. The Mets got a huge steal and the only way it would've been better for them is if they had gotten him for Nimmo (i.e. prime Nori Aoki minus the steals).
(JoshC77 from Still dreaming of good trades by the Reds)
Bruce is solid offensively but looks like a lot of the Mets other outfielders in terms of his skill set. That being said, having high end depth during the stretch run is a good idea, particularly iven all of the Mets injuries of late. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dilson Herrara, is he the new Luis Castillo (minus a fair number of steals, but with maybe a little more pop) of second basemen?
(Paul from DC)
As in is he a starting second baseman for the Mets? I think so. I am still stunned the Pirates gave him and Black up in that Marlon Byrd trade. That was one of the rare moves made by that front office that I questioned immediately. I think he'll be a regular for a long time. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Bret, are you still optimistic about Ike Davis? I may have the chance to get him and Derek Holland for Marlon Byrd and Alex Guerrero. Not sure how much hope to have for Ike. Thoughts?
(Chris from Dallas)
Yes I am. And that's definitely a deal I would make. (Bret Sayre)
2013-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sure with the PEDs, but some players who used were never all that disdained: be it Marlon Byrd or Andy Pettitte or Mark McGwire and all talent levels in between. A-Rod just seems so universally hated in a way that only Bonds and maybe Clemens reached.
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Yes, the perception certainly has to do with other factors. A-Rod has a long history of saying/doing the wrong/unpopular thing at the wrong time. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-08-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that Melky and I have been exposed I have a question: are there still experts out there saying "we don't really know if PED's affect performance because we still don't have a double-blind study to prove it, dammit!"
(Bartolo from Fiji)
Yes. People love proof. Marlon Byrd's failed test didn't help the cause. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances that the Red Sox reach out to JD Drew, need a solid bat in the lineup!
(Brandon5tewart from Miami)
Considering they just traded for Marlon Byrd, I'd say fairly limited. Drew was so bad not to mention injured last year that, at his age, I'd be surprised if he got another shot in the majors. Which is kind of a shame. I've always been a fan of his. (Matthew Kory)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Marlon Byrd done?
(Bleacher Bum from Wrigley)
No, I don't think so. I like Byrd and would buy low now if possible in NL-only leagues. (Derek Carty)
2012-03-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kevin, First off - thank you for attending the BP Book Tour in Chicago several weeks ago. I stopped by for a few hours and picked up some very interesting information. I appreciate you taking the time to interact with readers. My question is about Brett Jackson. I have not had a chance to watch him at all and am curious as to his MLB floor/ceiling. I've read that he strikes out too much, is a great athlete, and BP has made comparisons to a young Curtis Granderson. Cubs manager Dale Sveum has stated Jackson is major league ready. Rumors have recently been floating around that Marlon Byrd is on the trade block and Jackson will get a quick call-up. Is Jackson someone worth getting excited over? I have optimistic visions of 80R, 20HR, 80 RBI, 20 SB, .260/.350/.450 seasons in the future. From your observations and analysis, what should Cubs fans expect in the years to come? Thank you!
(Nick D from Chicago, IL)
I think that's a perfectly reasonable ceiling for Jackson, but I don't think he's ready. He still needs to work on his contact issues. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Predictions for where Cubs OFers Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd land with in-season trades?
(Jon KK from Elkhart, Ind.)
Byrd to the Giants, maybe Boston. Soriano still won't be movable. (Sam Miller)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your top undervalued targets for NL only leagues this year?
(Senior from Lost in my mind)
Just had LABR NL this weekend, so I've got a bunch. Not all went for as low as I wanted, but how about: Michael Cuddyer, Lucas Duda, Jon Jay, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jose Altuve, Ryan Ludwick, Tyler Greene. None are sure things, obviously, but that's the nature of undervalued targets. In general, I think these guys will come cheaper than I'd pay for them (although that wasn't the case for Cuddyer, Duda, Mayberry, Byrd, and Altuve this weekend in a tough LABR crowd). (Derek Carty)
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any ideas as to whom the Cubs might actually move and for what? I think Ramirez is staying and getting a 2-3 year extension.
(Justin from Tinley Park)
Reed Johnson, They'd love to more Soriano, Fukudome. Maybe Ramirez if it's the perfect situation in August. Still like Marlon Byrd could be a nice pickup for a team. $6.5 mil for next year not horrible. Could be better, but...As for the Cubs deals with the devil. Yeah, ownership had say in it. But Hendry can't be divorced from things like multi year deals to John Grabow either (Mike Ferrin)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cubs are a mess. Considering their big mkt expectations, what direction do they go in as deadline approaches?
(Matt from Chicago)
They could probably benefit from selling and slotting some of the ready youth (okay, mostly Brett Jackson) into the lineup, but looking around, it's not like they can move Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd is hurt, and Carlos Pena is struggling. Maybe they would move a starting pitcher (one who isn't hurt, at least) for a few prospects, otherwise, there isn't a whole lot they can do. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-04-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ok, this Cub team isn't all that exciting to watch. Coming out of the gates and displaying their mediocrity in mediocre fashion. But when can I get incredibly excited about Starlin Castro's start? Now? Am I late already? Should I wait a month? I need something to overhype and he seems to be all I got.
(HypedUp Cub Fan from Chicago)
Especially since they're displaying their mediocrity in mediocre fashion against some pretty lousy teams. Hype up Castro all you want -- he's all we've got. Seriously, can you get excited over Marlon Byrd? Darwin Barney? Marcos Mateo? Castro just hits and hits and hits, and he's risen to every challenge he's been given. I've grown to love the kid, and it's a shameless, probably eventually self-defeating love, but I've thrown myself into it. Feel free to join me. (Ken Funck)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Cubs offense struggling, due to lack of OBP skills?
(Matt from Chicago)
They should be average to somewhat above. This assumes that Soto and Aramis stay healthy, that Pena isn't a sinkhole due his awful averages (since he will help the OBP with his walks), and that Fukudome gets regular at-bats near the top of the lineup. Gotta admit though, Marlon Byrd in the #3 spot is not an encouraging sign. (Cory Schwartz)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you're Mike Quade, who are you inclined to hit leadoff in that lineup?
(Matt from Chicago)
There really aren't a lot of options on that team, huh? I would bat Soto leadoff, but you know that isn't going to happen. Maybe Marlon Byrd? Castro might be a good leadoff hitter in the future, but I would prefer to keep him batting lower in the order for now. (Marc Normandin)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a Chicagoan, do you have faith in Ricketts to pony up when some of the Cubs' bad deals expire? I'm getting a little skittish about him.
(Matt from Chicago)
I don't think it makes sense to get skittish, at least not yet. The Ricketts bought a team whose hand had been dealt, with one of the worst assemblages of long-term, no-trade-protected commitments conceivable. Even then, they were willing to let Hendry sign Byrd, which was a complete success within the limited upside that adding Marlon Byrd gets you. I'll be interested to see what they do with A-Ram and Soto, because they're the team's two toughest calls as far as who to sign to extensions. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given the Cubs' situation, I've been a strong advocate of moving Marmol. He is cost-controlled for two more years and will be rather expensive by the time the Cubs are seriously competitive again. Am I crazy?
(Matt from Chicago)
No, you're not crazy, though it obviously depends on what you can get for him. It's not unlike what Christina was advocating when she wrote about trading Marlon Byrd, which is not unlike what the Tigers did in trading Granderson and Jackson. EVERYONE on the roster should be available for the right price -- the key being "the right price" -- and cost-controlled young veterans should get you a reasonable return. (Ken Funck)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you suggest Quade manages his 4 "starting caliber" OFers next yr? No obvious platoon situations come to mind.
(Matt from Chicago)
I've argued already that the Cubs should get while the getting's good and exploit a weak crop of CF options on the market by dealing Marlon Byrd now. Soriano wouldn't generate much value, and Fukudome's deal comes with so many noxious contractual impedimenta that moving him would border on the miraculous. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see a major regression out of Marlon Byrd next season? I think it would behoove Hendry to move him with Brett Jackson waiting in the wings.
(Matt from Chicago)
A major regression from the last four similar years of production he's put up? Shopping him wouldn't be a bad idea though, just to see what you can get back. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-16 16:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Cubs as an aging team in decline or do they have another run left in them with this group? Fortunately, they seem to have some decent farm talent coming up the pike soon.
(Matt from Chicago)
From a former North Sider, it pains me to say this, but the Cubs are now chasing the past. They do have some good kids coming up, but for some reason, they seem stuck in the mode of needing to have that "proven" guy on the field at all times. Where/when will Sam Fuld play? Will they let Guzman just pitch? Why did they bother with Marlon Byrd? (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Xavier Nady any kind of positive for the Cubs? Sad that adding a 4th outfielder is possibly the triumphant move of the off-season.
(Leroy Brown from Downtown)
That's if he can stay healthy, a big if, but at least he's potentially an upgrade on Reed Johnson. And the latter part... wasn't that what we could say about signing Marlon Byrd? I suppose there's the loudly trumpeted Pyrrhic victory of making Milton Bradley go away, but Carlos Silva's going to make people miss Al Nipper. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming a trade for Granderson doesn't happen, what are the Cubs' viable remaining options for another starting outfielder?
(Matt from Chicago)
Granderson is definitely the guy they want. I keep hearing Marlon Byrd in conjunction with the Cubs as a fallback free-agent option. (John Perrotto)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wiser for the Cubs: Short-term deal for Marlon Byrd or trade blue chip prospects for Curtis Granderson?
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
Granderson is a legit starter, Byrd is a fourth outfielder with a power surge in Texas that masked his true abilities, who will cost much more than he merits. Go for Grandy. (Eric Seidman)
2009-11-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you see as potential candidates to fill the Cubs' outfield vacancy? Do see a need for a power/run-producer or speed/obp/defense type?
(Matt from Chicago)
Let's take a step back, b/c there really is no vacancy yet. The hope is still that they can trade Bradley for a decent everyday outfielder. If they can't, then maybe they go for one of the free agents -- can't you see the Cubs overpaying for Marlon Byrd? Who knows, if they have to release Bradley, maybe Jake Fox gets a shot, although that could be a disaster defensively... (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Evan Grant has been reporting that the Texas Rangers should (will?) resign Marlon Byrd, Trade Nelson Cruz, and platoon Julio Borbon and Ivan Rodriguez in the DH slot. Doesn't that sound to you more like a recipe for exactly what they SHOULDN'T do?
(Ira from North Texas)
Ivan Rodriguez has no business on this team next year. Taylor Teagarden is basically that guy if you just want to go defense behind the plate, and you'd be insane to DH I-Rod. Trade Cruz to make room for him and Byrd? What the hell? Is this Billy Beane's plan for the Rangers? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Holliday wind up? If not St. Louis, what do they do to replace him?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Giants will probably make a big push. But I say he ends up in StL long term. If he goes elsewhere it's a bit tricky because there is Bay and then the rest. You have aging outfielders better suited to DH duty and then the complementary parts like Marlon Byrd. Maybe they can work out a deal for Carl Crawford if Holliday leaves. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that Marlon Byrd will be resigned by the Rangers for 2 years $9 million, or do you think that he'll get 3-4 years $15-$20 million and go elsewhere? which do you think would be better for the Rangers?
(Ira from North Texas)
Byrd, while the owner of some decent pop, is certainly replaceable in the outfield, and I have a feeling he ends up in San Francisco for around 3-15 after they whiff on Bay and Holliday. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, please tell Ron Washington, Michael Young, and the hoards of Ranger fans that signing Marlon Byrd in free agency is a bad idea...
(Lincoln from Dallas)
The devil is in the details. I'd take Byrd back on a two-year deal for the kind of money those deals usually entail. It's a lefty-heavy outfield, and Byrd's a nice fourth OF. If it takes more than that, or any kind of PT assurance, you have to let him go. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)You're JP Ricciardi. Chris Davis, Neftali Feliz, Max Ramirez/Salatamalacchia, throw-in B prospect, and Marlon Byrd for Alex Rios and Halladay.
(Craig from Michigan)
Not enough. That's Feliz and a bunch of guys who've failed. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableMarlon Byrd puts one in the seats, Jason Heyward about to make his hitting debut in Atlanta... (Steven Goldman)
 

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